Advertisement

Advertisement

infantilize

[ in-fuhn-tl-ahyz, -tahy-lahyz, in-fan-tl-ahyz ]

verb (used with object)

, in·fan·til·ized, in·fan·til·iz·ing.
  1. to keep in or reduce to an infantile state.
  2. to treat or regard as infantile or immature.


Discover More

Other Words From

  • infan·til·i·zation noun

Discover More

Word History and Origins

Origin of infantilize1

1940–45; infantile + -ize, or by back formation from infantilization

Discover More

Example Sentences

“It is infantilizing to say that the way we get information is to ask an expert and have them just give it to us,” Bender said.

It is infantilizing to say that the way we get information is to ask an expert and have them just give it to us.

In other words, a time when audiences hadn’t yet been infantilized into a steady diet of comic-book escapism and supernatural fantasy.

But somehow, over the years, sororities have come to infantilize the women they once sought to empower.

Not only do these "gifts" raise tax issues, they also infantilize the senator and makes him look foolish.

Advertisement

Word of the Day

axolotl

[ak-suh-lot-l ]

Meaning and examples

Start each day with the Word of the Day in your inbox!

By clicking "Sign Up", you are accepting Dictionary.com Terms & Conditions and Privacy Policies.

Advertisement

Advertisement

Advertisement


infantilisminfantine